Did you know that the Oakland Public Library is a member of the Foundation Center's Funding Information Network? What does that mean? It means that you, the library user, can come to the Main Libary and access the Foundation Center's databases Foundation Grants to Individuals Online and Foundation Directory Online Professional. The Foundation Center is the leading source of information about philanthropy worldwide. Foundation Directory Online Professional lists more than 92,000 foundations, corporate giving programs, and public charities in the United States that make grants to non-profit organizations. Foundation Grants to Individuals Online has listings for 6,500 foundations and other charities that provide grants to students, artists, researchers and other individuals seeking funding. Access to these databases -- and the help that goes with them -- is only available at the Main Library.
At the Main Library we don't just make these databases available to you, we also host free quarterly trainings by Foundation Center staff. These expert trainings can cost as much as $300 to attend but as Funding Information Network members we're able to make them available to our patrons for free. We've even got one coming up next week. On Thursday, April 10 we'll be hosting Meet the Grantmakers: Health and Human Services Funders in the Main Library's community room. You can drop in or you can sign up in advance here.